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The teachers are far from impressed.

With tens of thousands of fans heading to the country for the tournament, officials have been cramming basic English. Transport, medical and security staff have studied hard, teachers say, but police officers have come out bottom of the class.

“We need to teach them how to give directions to cathedrals and other places of interest around the city. But the problem is very few of them have any idea about these prominent places of Kyiv at all and their locations,” said Olha Nytenko, head of the foreign languages department at the National Police Academy.

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